France Pushes Global Air Passenger Tax to Aid Poor Nations

Daily News Article - September 13, 2005


1.  How does French President Jacques Chirac propose to help meet the U.N.'s goal of cutting world poverty in half?  How would the tax be implemented?

2.  By what year does the UN propose to cut world poverty levels in half?  Do you think that the UN will succeed in cutting world poverty in half, or even ending world poverty?  Explain your answer.

3.  Define compulsory.  Which countries support Chirac's tax proposal?  Which two of these countries say they do not support the tax plan in its compulsory form?  What are some of the countries most opposed to the proposed airline tax?  For what reason is Greece opposed?

4.  How does the president of Freedom Alliance explain why Chirac's tax proposal is wrong for America? (para. 11-12)  Do you agree?  Explain your answer.

5.  How much money would be gathered in the E.U. through the air tax?  What is one of the main problems with the bill?  Why is this an especially bad time to implement such a tax according to France's Union of Travel Agencies?

6.   Re-read the last 3 paragraphs of the article.  How do some French analysts view Mr. Chirac's motive for his proposed air tax?  How does Freedom Alliance view it?

7.  The U.N.'s "Millennium Development Goals", set in 2000 are worthy.  List their 8 goals.
The U.S. currently gives the UN about 22% of the U.N.'s yearly budget.  One source puts that figure at $1.5 billion a year.  (Do a yahoo or google search to see if you can find the amount.)   The U.S. also gives money directly to poor countries for humanitarian efforts. 
Read some numbers at the White House website. Should the U.S., or any country, be forced to give (compulsory aid) to other countries, or should giving to poor countries be voluntary?  Explain your answer.